The significance of the March 1933 elections

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In the final days of the election campaign the Nazis increased their anti-communist and antisemitic propaganda, using the radio, newspapers, leaflets, rallies and all other opportunities at their disposal. Dr Joseph Goebbels, who became Nazi minister of culture, masterminded the campaign.

Fuelled by a campaign of violence, fear and corruption, the turnout at the 5 March election reached 88 per cent. However, whilst the Nazis increased their share of the vote to 43.9 per cent, they had still not achieved the majority that would enable them to form a government. Having gained 288 seats Hitler still required the support of small right-wing nationalist parties and the Catholic Centre Party.

If Hitler was to achieve the power and dictatorship he had strove for he would need to develop a new more radical plan.